Two Worlds, Two Realities - The Social Experience of Seasonal Agricultural Workers in Québec

Two Worlds, Two Realities - The Social Experience of Seasonal Agricultural Workers in Québec

Two Worlds, Two Realities - The Social Experience of Seasonal Agricultural Workers in Québec

Two Worlds, Two Realities - The Social Experience of Seasonal Agricultural Workers in Québecs

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Dubé, Mélissa. 2010. «Two Worlds, Two Realities - The Social Experience of Seasonal Agricultural Workers in Québec». Mémoire de maîtrise, Ottawa, Université d’Ottawa, École de développement international et mondialisation.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«This thesis explores the social experience of Mexican and Guatemalan temporary immigrants in Quebec who are part of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) and the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP).» (p. ii)

Questions/Hypothèses :
«What are the social experiences of the seasonal and temporary agricultural Mexican and Guatemalan workers in Quebec (according to them)? […] Does the employment of the workers in Quebec affect the workers’ families and communities (according to them)?» (p. 61)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
L’échantillon compte huit travailleurs saisonniers temporaires, en provenance du Mexique ou du Guatemala, âgés entre 33 et 46 ans.

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien semi-directif

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


According to the author, «[e]ven though the workers come to Quebec strictly to earn money for their families, the social isolation and language barrier they endure in their host communities make their lives in Canada often very difficult. While more and more activities for the workers are being organised, additional efforts could be made. This thesis concludes that, overall the experience of the workers is not poor, but there is clearly room for improvement in order to balance their significant sacrifices and the benefits they (and Canada) get from the difficult work they perform.» (p. ii) Cette thèse est intéressante pour le chercheur sur la famille particulièrement en raison d’une étude (chapitre 5) sur l’impact de ces emplois sur les familles. «Chapter five has explored the impact that the international employment of their father and husband has on the families and the communities. The economic advantages dominate the positive perspective. […] However, while the economic advantages are tangible, the impacts that the absence of the father has on the families is still unclear. The families are very sad and find it rather difficult to have their father and their husband away for such a lengthy period. Children have difficulty understanding the motives. While the spouses realise that there are no other real options, they find it very difficult and do not necessarily support the idea of working in Quebec.» (p. 155-156)